Bladder infections

By karen7t2 Latest Reply 2014-07-06 23:04:54 -0500
Started 2014-06-30 07:43:36 -0500

I wonder if bladder infections are more dangerous to diabetics. I think I have had one since before my last blood work checkup. My Dr. Didn't mention it at the appt. I forgot to mention it to her at the time, and it doesn't bother me all the time like previous ones did. She has been on vacation so I have to wait for my appt. for a week and a half. I am worried that if not treated, it could be the start of kidney damage.

17 replies

jaydoubleyou23 2014-07-06 23:04:54 -0500 Report

UTIs are so common in diabetics. I've had six since getting diagnosed two years ago. They aren't dangerous unless you leave it to turn into a kidney infection.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-05 14:41:38 -0500 Report

In my opinion if you had it when you went to the doctors and the doctor didn't mention it then it must not be that big of a deal for you. If you had it prior to the blood work the doctor would have said something. The doctor could have tested and treated had you said something. Did you call the doctors office they would have told you who to contact since she is away. The longer you delay treatment to worse the infection will get. Untreated infections can begin to effect other parts of the body. In your case it can effect your bladder and kidneys. Get treatment now and stop waiting for the doctor to come back from vacation.

karen7t2 2014-07-04 20:06:17 -0500 Report

Well, I went to my Doctor, and she said that if my sugars are high, I would be prone to getting infections. My sugars have been a little high, so that explains that. She said the more sugar in your urine, the better breeding ground for infection. Another joy to having diabetes.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-05 17:58:01 -0500 Report

If she told you that and you have sugar in your urnine why didn't you ask to be tested for UTI? If my doctor had told me that, the first thing I would have done was ask for a test. Sometimes low grade infections do not show up with symptoms until it worsens.

karen7t2 2014-07-05 18:50:42 -0500 Report

Sorry, I didn't mention that she prescribed antibiotics for me and have to go get blood work and urine test. She said it didn't show up in my last test because I just had my blood done.

Type1Lou 2014-07-05 15:04:16 -0500 Report

While high blood sugars do create an environment encouraging UTI's (Urinary Tract Infections), you still need to get treatment to get rid of any UTI to avoid worsening the problem. UTI's are no fun and, untreated, may lead to kidney failure. Usually, a urine sample is taken to confirm the infection and antibiotics are prescribed. The frequency of UTI's in diabetics is another incentive to keep control of those BG's.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-07-01 00:29:45 -0500 Report

I came down with UtT infection at the first part of last year. I thought I could handle it myself. By the time I admitted to myself I couldn't and then waiting to get in to see the doctor, I was actually passing a lot of blood. I got the high powered antibiotics and it seemed to clear up. That is until a month later, then it was back again with another round of antibiotics. Again it seemed to clear up this time it lasted 4 months and was back with a vengence. I was referred to a UT Specialist. He did all the test and couldn't find what was causing it. He did finally get it cleared up and I haven't had it since. But it was really scarry. So please don't wait, go talk to your Dr. or whoever is on call for him if he is on vacation. It is not something to fool around with. I learned the hard way, and it took me almost a year to get completely over it. It did a toll on my over all health, and it is a slow process.
Best Wishes

karen7t2 2014-07-01 08:07:20 -0500 Report

Thank you Trudie Ann. I have an appointment for this coming Thursday. I sure hope I don't have to go through all the trouble you did. Thank you for your reply and for caring.

Jeff82 2014-06-30 23:27:28 -0500 Report

Although your doctor may be on vacation, she likely has a covering doctor for emergencies for her patients that you can speak to while she is away. As other said in their experiences here with UTI and dialysis, i personally don't think you should leave this unexamined/seen by a doctor. (That is just my personal opinion though)
I hope everything goes well, all the best. Jeff

Type1Lou 2014-06-30 16:28:15 -0500 Report

I believe UTI's are more frequent in us diabetics. As Jayabee52 describes, it is not something to take lightly as it can work it's way up to the kidneys and cause serious damage. Call the doctor so that you can get it treated ASAP, please.

jayabee52 2014-06-30 14:58:23 -0500 Report

Howdy Karen
Any kind of an infection is dangerous for a Person with Diabetes (PWD). You are right that it can start kidney damage.

I had to start on dialysis due to my Kidney infection.

I'll tell you what happened to me: In the Halloween season of 2006 I was quite active in dancing and danced Fri, Sat and Sun of that weekend. I really didn't feel all that well, especially on Sat and Sun nights, but I went to bed on Sun night. I ended up on the floor of my bedroom for about 6 nights. The only reason I figured this out was because my son was coming by because of his birthday. Well I told him about my problem and he wanted me to go to the ER. I gave him some guff about it, because by that time I was feeling OK, but finally relented. The ER docs told me I had a kidney infection and I would need dialysis. I was taken to the OR where I had a chest tube implanted and then to the ICU for dialysis. Was in the ICU for about a half a month and then a few days in the medical floors, and then out to the dialysis clinics.
I really, even to this day know how close I came to death in those days I was on the bedroom floor.
So get your kidney infection taken care of ASAP! If you have to go to the ER in this holiday season, get it done!
Better safe than sorry.


karen7t2 2014-06-30 18:39:35 -0500 Report

James, that sounds like a very bad experience you've had. Are you a T1 or2? I have an appointment for this coming Thursday, so I hope the Dr. Will take me seriously.

jayabee52 2014-06-30 18:54:39 -0500 Report

T 2.

One thing I had against me was a prostrate which was clogged, and i suspect strongly that that being unable to "make water" drove the infection into my kidneys and led to that experience. No proof just conjecture on my part

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